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Fatal Crash on Hwy 36-Lane County

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 36-Lane County09/22/21

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at approximately 4:27 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 36 near milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Polaris ATV, operated by Robert Nelson (88) of Junction City was crossing Hwy 36 and was struck by a Honda Motorcycle, operated by Jesse Hayworth (34) of Springfield. 

Hayworth sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nelson and his passenger, Marjorie Nelson (87) were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend with injuries. 

Hwy 36 was closed for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Junction City Police Department, Junction City Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 212-Clackamas County09/21/21

On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 12:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 212 near milepost 5. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Focus, operated by an unidentified female, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Cameron Ellet (19) of Boring. 

The unidentified operator of the Ford Focus sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Ellet was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. 

Hwy 212 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, AMR and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 164-Marion County09/20/21

On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 11:28 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Hwy 164 near milepost 1. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Frontier, operated by Michelle Duclos (58) of Jefferson, was northbound when it left the roadway and struck a cement bridge abutment. 

Duclos sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 164 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Jefferson Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 126W-Lane County09/20/21

On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 7:14 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 126W near milepost 37. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kenworth log truck, operated by Shane McVay (64) of Eugene, was eastbound when the loaded trailer tipped over. The trailer struck a westbound Toyota Prius, operated by Sarah Susman (25) of Springfield and a Dodge Ram towing a boat, operated by Randall Tokich (70) of Eugene. The Dodge Ram then struck an eastbound Ford Mustang, operated by Jordyn Tippett (20) of Coquille.

Susman sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. McVay and Tippett were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend with injuries. Tokich had minor injuries. 

Hwy 126W is still currently closed. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. 

Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

OSP Fish & Wildlife cite poacher for unlawful take of a Bull Elk- Douglas County (Photo)09/20/21

On September 2, 2021, Sr. Trooper Baimbridge responded to a report of a dead bull elk in the 2800 Block of Mehl Creek Road, Elkton, Oregon.  The bull had the head removed and the meat removed.  The elk had been shot by a rifle during the bow season.  The investigation revealed that Jase Billman (20) shot the bull from the roadway with a .270 caliber rifle then enlisted the help of 3 friends and family to pack it out.  Jase was issued a citation for Unlawful Take of Bull Elk and his rifle was seized along with the antlers and meat from the bull. The meat was able to be salvaged. Two other individuals were issued citations for Aiding in a Wildlife Offense.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

OSP Requesting Assistance with Fatal Hit and run Crash-Jackson County09/20/21

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 9:53 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle vs bicyclist on Highway 99 near West Valley View Road in Talent. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a driver of a vehicle struck a bicycle, being ridden by Geoffry Sterling (44) of Ashland. The involved vehicle did not stay at the scene. 

Sterling sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound traffic on Highway 99 was closed for approximately 3 hours .

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the crash or any information regarding the suspect vehicle to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to Case #: SP21-268789.

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Umatilla County09/17/21

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.

Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland.  Ramirez Carrillo was not injured. 

All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes. 

OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County09/17/21

On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown(30) of Garibaldi, was travelling westbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson’s Semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer (33) of Estacada. 

BROWN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. DANMYER was not injured. 

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

 OSP was assisted by Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 7-Baker County09/14/21

On Monday, September 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a KTM 950, operated by Lawrence Drake (78) of Ashland, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before crashing. 

Drake sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Baker Fire Department, Powder River Rural Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6-Washington County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Gene Carlson (66) of Oregon City, was towing a 17-foot boat eastbound on Hwy 6. For unknown reason the Ford drifted off the highway and lost control, striking a guardrail and rolling. 

Carlson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 6 was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Marion County09/13/21

On Friday, September 10, 2021 at approximately 12:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 264.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Prius, operated by Julie Lafayette (57) of Gervais, was northbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Infiniti, operated by Mohamed Mustafa (24) of Wilsonville. 

Lafayette sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Mustafa was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. 

Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Yamhill County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 49, east of McMinnville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Camry, operated by Jared Nissen (21) of Dayton, pulled out of a private driveway to head westbound and was struck in the driver side door by an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Michael Abeyta (22) of Hillsboro. 

Abeyta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nissen sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, Samantha Maddox (21) of Amity was uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 207-Morrow County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 12:16 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 207 near milepost 20C, south of Heppner. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Edmund LaPlante (70) of Oregon City, was southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

LaPlante sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Ambulance and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Clatsop County09/10/21

On Friday, September 10th, 2021 at about 8:20am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic passenger car, operated by Debra Livingston (67), of Astoria, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the westbound lane, and struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma, operated by Robert Tikkala (57), of Astoria. 

Livingston suffered significant injuries and was transported Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was pronounced deceased. Tikkala was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 30 was closed for 2 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Knappa Fire, Astoria Fire and ODOT. 

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is requesting Public Assistance with a Poaching case of a Spike Elk in Lincoln County (Photo)09/10/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of spike elk in the Logsden area in Lincoln County. 

On August 16, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased spike elk that had been shot with a firearm, gutted, and left to waste.  The initial investigation determined the animal had been shot sometime between August 12 and August 15.  The carcass was located on Fall Creek Road, northeast of the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Road, in a clear-cut area. 

This area is heavily traveled, and other hunters are believed to have been in the area during this time frame. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] reference case # SP21233495.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fire investigators seek information on human caused wildfires-Lake County09/10/21

Fire investigators in Lake County are seeking information on wildfire starts in the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Police (OSP), U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating wildfire causes, including the Cougar Peak Fire.

This fire season has seen an increase in human caused fire starts. To help with the investigations, the OSP has a phone line for area residents and visitors to call in with information that could help.

If you have information regarding a human-caused wildfire in Lake County, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and reference Trooper Mike Hansen and OSP Case Number SP21-257103.

Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County (Photo)09/08/21

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County09/07/21

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:40 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 338. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Hassen Ibrahim (38) of Dublin, OH, was westbound when a set of dual tires detached from the flatbed trailer in tow. The dual tires bounced across the center concrete barrier and became airborne to a great height. The tires came down into the windshield and cab of an eastbound blue Freightliner CMV, operated by James Green (50) of Caldwell, ID. 

Ibrahim stopped, chained up the broken axle and left the scene. He was located by Troopers near Baker City. 

Green sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Ibrahim was not injured. A passenger in Ibrahim’s CMV, Mohamed Kulale (61), was also uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntington Fire Rescue and ODOT. 

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

**Investigating Troopers are requesting assistance-Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed are requested to contact *OSP and reference SP21-256040. Additionally, witnesses reported a male in a white CMV stopped and spoke with Ibrahim. Troopers would like to identify this subject and obtain a statement. **

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lane County09/07/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 12:20 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 182.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge 1500 pickup, operated by Jessica Herselius (39) of Elmira, was northbound when it failed to yield for stopped traffic. A chain reaction crash occurred with the Dodge 1500 pickup rear-ending a Toyota Rav4, operated by Cynthia Bue (61) of Elmira. The Rav4 then struck the rear of a Mercedes Sprinter van, operated by Adam Woods (43) of Albany. The Mercedes Sprinter van struck a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Marcia Yoder (75) of Hubbard. 

Bue was transported via air ambulance to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend where she was pronounced deceased. Herselius was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center with injuries. Woods and Yoder were not injured. 

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance and Siuslaw Valley Fire District.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 38-Douglas County09/06/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 8:43 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near milepost 3. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Robyn Loonam (50) of Eugene, was eastbound when it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Joely Jimenez (32) of Bronx, NY. The Nissan Pathfinder had been the subject of a driving complaint several minutes prior to the crash.

Loonam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jimenez was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. A passenger in the Toyota 4-Runner, Levi Rodriguez (46) of  Redway, CA was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5- Lane County09/05/21

On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.

Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign.  The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland,  were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries.  They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance.  The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood,  was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County09/02/21

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Clackamas County08/27/21

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 282.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Rio, operated by William H. Kavanaugh (65) of Aurora stopped for unknown reasons in the lane of travel. A Lexus passenger car operated by Antonia Mejia Romero (32) of Woodburn, struck the stopped Kia Rio. The Kia Rio was then pushed into a Chevrolet Colorado operated by Gregorio Rubio Villafuerte (43) of Aurora. 

Kavanaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the ODOT. 

**UPDATE** Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/26/21

On August 13, 2021, The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and members of the Multnomah County Major Crime Team responded to Rooster Rock State Park to investigate human remains found at the park.  Investigators have identified the deceased as twenty-one year old Stephanie Celeste Jones of Portland.  Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Jones’s death.  If anyone the community has information related to this investigation, please call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

The Oregon State Police ready to provide Law Enforcement Services for the Oregon State Fair- Marion County08/26/21

It is fair time!

Did you know that the Oregon State Police provides law enforcement services for the Oregon State Fair during the 11-day event?

It is true. The Oregon State Police has a temporary command center at the fair, which includes a dispatch console. This command center gives OSP Troopers the ability to quickly facilitate remedies to a wide variety of incidents that can come up at the State Fair. The Oregon State Fair starts this Friday and runs through September 6, 2021.

An OSP Trooper will be stationed at each entrance greeting every visitor who comes to the fair. They also will be encouraging parents to utilize the “if lost” bracelets that the fair provides. Parents or guardians will be asked to write their cell phone number on the inside of a bright yellow “if lost” bracelet and place it on their child’s wrist. If the child is separated, Troopers can easily reunite the child by calling the cell phone. It is beneficial; to have a same-day photograph of your child should they become separated from adult supervision. A height display will be positioned at each pedestrian entrance, which provides the appropriate backdrop, if needed, for law enforcement. By taking these safety precautions, Troopers will have the needed information to quickly reunite families.

To ensure all fairgoers are safe, we ask attendees if they see something to say something. OSP Troopers are always looking for fair patrons to be vigilant with their surroundings. “We ask anyone who witnesses criminal or disruptive activities to quickly report those incidents by calling OSP at *OSP from a mobile or 503-375-3555,” encourages Lt. Zohner.

Hope to see you all at this year’s Oregon State Fair!

Reminder masks will be required to be worn by all guests ages 5 and up, exhibitors, employees, and volunteers while on the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in both indoor and outdoor locations.

Poached Buck near John Day

Poached Buck near John Day

Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance with John Day Poaching Case of Mule Deer Buck – Grant County (Photo)08/26/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of mule deer buck in John Day.  

On August 8, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased Mule Deer Buck within the city limits of John Day, in the vicinity of Canyon Creek and Canton Street, near Riverside Trailer Park.  Initial investigation revealed the buck had been shot with a firearm, on the night of August 7, or the early morning hours of August 8, 2021.    

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Trooper Pat McCosker through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Jackson County08/24/21

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Angela Chin-Hugh (59) of Kent, WA. was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound Kia Spectra operated by Cesar Beltran (25) of White City.

Chin-Hugh and Beltran sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and ODOT.  

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Fatal Crash on Hwy 164-Marion County

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 164-Marion County09/20/21

On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 11:28 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Hwy 164 near milepost 1. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Frontier, operated by Michelle Duclos (58) of Jefferson, was northbound when it left the roadway and struck a cement bridge abutment. 

Duclos sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 164 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Jefferson Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 126W-Lane County09/20/21

On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 7:14 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 126W near milepost 37. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kenworth log truck, operated by Shane McVay (64) of Eugene, was eastbound when the loaded trailer tipped over. The trailer struck a westbound Toyota Prius, operated by Sarah Susman (25) of Springfield and a Dodge Ram towing a boat, operated by Randall Tokich (70) of Eugene. The Dodge Ram then struck an eastbound Ford Mustang, operated by Jordyn Tippett (20) of Coquille.

Susman sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. McVay and Tippett were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend with injuries. Tokich had minor injuries. 

Hwy 126W is still currently closed. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. 

Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

OSP Fish & Wildlife cite poacher for unlawful take of a Bull Elk- Douglas County (Photo)09/20/21

On September 2, 2021, Sr. Trooper Baimbridge responded to a report of a dead bull elk in the 2800 Block of Mehl Creek Road, Elkton, Oregon.  The bull had the head removed and the meat removed.  The elk had been shot by a rifle during the bow season.  The investigation revealed that Jase Billman (20) shot the bull from the roadway with a .270 caliber rifle then enlisted the help of 3 friends and family to pack it out.  Jase was issued a citation for Unlawful Take of Bull Elk and his rifle was seized along with the antlers and meat from the bull. The meat was able to be salvaged. Two other individuals were issued citations for Aiding in a Wildlife Offense.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

OSP Requesting Assistance with Fatal Hit and run Crash-Jackson County09/20/21

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 9:53 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle vs bicyclist on Highway 99 near West Valley View Road in Talent. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a driver of a vehicle struck a bicycle, being ridden by Geoffry Sterling (44) of Ashland. The involved vehicle did not stay at the scene. 

Sterling sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound traffic on Highway 99 was closed for approximately 3 hours .

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the crash or any information regarding the suspect vehicle to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to Case #: SP21-268789.

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Umatilla County09/17/21

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.

Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland.  Ramirez Carrillo was not injured. 

All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes. 

OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County09/17/21

On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown(30) of Garibaldi, was travelling westbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson’s Semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer (33) of Estacada. 

BROWN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. DANMYER was not injured. 

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

 OSP was assisted by Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 7-Baker County09/14/21

On Monday, September 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a KTM 950, operated by Lawrence Drake (78) of Ashland, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before crashing. 

Drake sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Baker Fire Department, Powder River Rural Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6-Washington County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Gene Carlson (66) of Oregon City, was towing a 17-foot boat eastbound on Hwy 6. For unknown reason the Ford drifted off the highway and lost control, striking a guardrail and rolling. 

Carlson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 6 was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Marion County09/13/21

On Friday, September 10, 2021 at approximately 12:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 264.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Prius, operated by Julie Lafayette (57) of Gervais, was northbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Infiniti, operated by Mohamed Mustafa (24) of Wilsonville. 

Lafayette sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Mustafa was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. 

Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Yamhill County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 49, east of McMinnville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Camry, operated by Jared Nissen (21) of Dayton, pulled out of a private driveway to head westbound and was struck in the driver side door by an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Michael Abeyta (22) of Hillsboro. 

Abeyta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nissen sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, Samantha Maddox (21) of Amity was uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 207-Morrow County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 12:16 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 207 near milepost 20C, south of Heppner. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Edmund LaPlante (70) of Oregon City, was southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

LaPlante sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Ambulance and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Clatsop County09/10/21

On Friday, September 10th, 2021 at about 8:20am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic passenger car, operated by Debra Livingston (67), of Astoria, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the westbound lane, and struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma, operated by Robert Tikkala (57), of Astoria. 

Livingston suffered significant injuries and was transported Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was pronounced deceased. Tikkala was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 30 was closed for 2 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Knappa Fire, Astoria Fire and ODOT. 

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is requesting Public Assistance with a Poaching case of a Spike Elk in Lincoln County (Photo)09/10/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of spike elk in the Logsden area in Lincoln County. 

On August 16, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased spike elk that had been shot with a firearm, gutted, and left to waste.  The initial investigation determined the animal had been shot sometime between August 12 and August 15.  The carcass was located on Fall Creek Road, northeast of the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Road, in a clear-cut area. 

This area is heavily traveled, and other hunters are believed to have been in the area during this time frame. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] reference case # SP21233495.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fire investigators seek information on human caused wildfires-Lake County09/10/21

Fire investigators in Lake County are seeking information on wildfire starts in the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Police (OSP), U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating wildfire causes, including the Cougar Peak Fire.

This fire season has seen an increase in human caused fire starts. To help with the investigations, the OSP has a phone line for area residents and visitors to call in with information that could help.

If you have information regarding a human-caused wildfire in Lake County, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and reference Trooper Mike Hansen and OSP Case Number SP21-257103.

Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County (Photo)09/08/21

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County09/07/21

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:40 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 338. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Hassen Ibrahim (38) of Dublin, OH, was westbound when a set of dual tires detached from the flatbed trailer in tow. The dual tires bounced across the center concrete barrier and became airborne to a great height. The tires came down into the windshield and cab of an eastbound blue Freightliner CMV, operated by James Green (50) of Caldwell, ID. 

Ibrahim stopped, chained up the broken axle and left the scene. He was located by Troopers near Baker City. 

Green sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Ibrahim was not injured. A passenger in Ibrahim’s CMV, Mohamed Kulale (61), was also uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntington Fire Rescue and ODOT. 

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

**Investigating Troopers are requesting assistance-Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed are requested to contact *OSP and reference SP21-256040. Additionally, witnesses reported a male in a white CMV stopped and spoke with Ibrahim. Troopers would like to identify this subject and obtain a statement. **

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lane County09/07/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 12:20 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 182.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge 1500 pickup, operated by Jessica Herselius (39) of Elmira, was northbound when it failed to yield for stopped traffic. A chain reaction crash occurred with the Dodge 1500 pickup rear-ending a Toyota Rav4, operated by Cynthia Bue (61) of Elmira. The Rav4 then struck the rear of a Mercedes Sprinter van, operated by Adam Woods (43) of Albany. The Mercedes Sprinter van struck a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Marcia Yoder (75) of Hubbard. 

Bue was transported via air ambulance to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend where she was pronounced deceased. Herselius was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center with injuries. Woods and Yoder were not injured. 

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance and Siuslaw Valley Fire District.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 38-Douglas County09/06/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 8:43 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near milepost 3. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Robyn Loonam (50) of Eugene, was eastbound when it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Joely Jimenez (32) of Bronx, NY. The Nissan Pathfinder had been the subject of a driving complaint several minutes prior to the crash.

Loonam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jimenez was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. A passenger in the Toyota 4-Runner, Levi Rodriguez (46) of  Redway, CA was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5- Lane County09/05/21

On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.

Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign.  The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland,  were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries.  They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance.  The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood,  was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County09/02/21

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Clackamas County08/27/21

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 282.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Rio, operated by William H. Kavanaugh (65) of Aurora stopped for unknown reasons in the lane of travel. A Lexus passenger car operated by Antonia Mejia Romero (32) of Woodburn, struck the stopped Kia Rio. The Kia Rio was then pushed into a Chevrolet Colorado operated by Gregorio Rubio Villafuerte (43) of Aurora. 

Kavanaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the ODOT. 

**UPDATE** Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/26/21

On August 13, 2021, The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and members of the Multnomah County Major Crime Team responded to Rooster Rock State Park to investigate human remains found at the park.  Investigators have identified the deceased as twenty-one year old Stephanie Celeste Jones of Portland.  Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Jones’s death.  If anyone the community has information related to this investigation, please call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

The Oregon State Police ready to provide Law Enforcement Services for the Oregon State Fair- Marion County08/26/21

It is fair time!

Did you know that the Oregon State Police provides law enforcement services for the Oregon State Fair during the 11-day event?

It is true. The Oregon State Police has a temporary command center at the fair, which includes a dispatch console. This command center gives OSP Troopers the ability to quickly facilitate remedies to a wide variety of incidents that can come up at the State Fair. The Oregon State Fair starts this Friday and runs through September 6, 2021.

An OSP Trooper will be stationed at each entrance greeting every visitor who comes to the fair. They also will be encouraging parents to utilize the “if lost” bracelets that the fair provides. Parents or guardians will be asked to write their cell phone number on the inside of a bright yellow “if lost” bracelet and place it on their child’s wrist. If the child is separated, Troopers can easily reunite the child by calling the cell phone. It is beneficial; to have a same-day photograph of your child should they become separated from adult supervision. A height display will be positioned at each pedestrian entrance, which provides the appropriate backdrop, if needed, for law enforcement. By taking these safety precautions, Troopers will have the needed information to quickly reunite families.

To ensure all fairgoers are safe, we ask attendees if they see something to say something. OSP Troopers are always looking for fair patrons to be vigilant with their surroundings. “We ask anyone who witnesses criminal or disruptive activities to quickly report those incidents by calling OSP at *OSP from a mobile or 503-375-3555,” encourages Lt. Zohner.

Hope to see you all at this year’s Oregon State Fair!

Reminder masks will be required to be worn by all guests ages 5 and up, exhibitors, employees, and volunteers while on the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in both indoor and outdoor locations.

Poached Buck near John Day

Poached Buck near John Day

Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance with John Day Poaching Case of Mule Deer Buck – Grant County (Photo)08/26/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of mule deer buck in John Day.  

On August 8, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased Mule Deer Buck within the city limits of John Day, in the vicinity of Canyon Creek and Canton Street, near Riverside Trailer Park.  Initial investigation revealed the buck had been shot with a firearm, on the night of August 7, or the early morning hours of August 8, 2021.    

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Trooper Pat McCosker through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Jackson County08/24/21

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Angela Chin-Hugh (59) of Kent, WA. was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound Kia Spectra operated by Cesar Beltran (25) of White City.

Chin-Hugh and Beltran sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and ODOT.  

John Burright

John Burright

Update: Procession Announced for the Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/23/21

An emergency vehicle procession in honor of Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10:20 a.m. The procession will be starting at the Linn County Fairgrounds, located at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E in Albany. Members of the public are not allowed to participate in the procession but are welcome to view the procession from sidewalks and overpasses along the route. 

The procession is expected to include a large number of public safety vehicles. The attached map is the exact route of the procession from the Linn County Fairgrounds past the Oregon State Police Albany Patrol Office, where Sgt. Burright spent most of his career. The procession then continues north on Interstate 5 to the Salem Armory for the memorial service.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for road closures, traffic congestion, and long delays along the route, especially on I-5 between Albany and Salem.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Members of the public attending the memorial service at the Salem Armory are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Public parking is available but limited (please refer to the attached map). 

All media outlets must notify OSP if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to film the actual memorial service inside the armory auditorium, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera. All media attending MUST be in place no later than 11:00 a.m. Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].  Further directions to the media will be emailed out to those outlets that have responded to OSP on August 24, 2021.

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com.  All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

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The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

OSP Fish & Wildlife cite poacher for unlawful take of a Bull Elk- Douglas County (Photo)

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Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

Poached Bull Elk- Douglas County

OSP Fish & Wildlife cite poacher for unlawful take of a Bull Elk- Douglas County (Photo)09/20/21

On September 2, 2021, Sr. Trooper Baimbridge responded to a report of a dead bull elk in the 2800 Block of Mehl Creek Road, Elkton, Oregon.  The bull had the head removed and the meat removed.  The elk had been shot by a rifle during the bow season.  The investigation revealed that Jase Billman (20) shot the bull from the roadway with a .270 caliber rifle then enlisted the help of 3 friends and family to pack it out.  Jase was issued a citation for Unlawful Take of Bull Elk and his rifle was seized along with the antlers and meat from the bull. The meat was able to be salvaged. Two other individuals were issued citations for Aiding in a Wildlife Offense.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

OSP Requesting Assistance with Fatal Hit and run Crash-Jackson County09/20/21

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 9:53 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle vs bicyclist on Highway 99 near West Valley View Road in Talent. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a driver of a vehicle struck a bicycle, being ridden by Geoffry Sterling (44) of Ashland. The involved vehicle did not stay at the scene. 

Sterling sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound traffic on Highway 99 was closed for approximately 3 hours .

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the crash or any information regarding the suspect vehicle to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to Case #: SP21-268789.

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Umatilla County09/17/21

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.

Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland.  Ramirez Carrillo was not injured. 

All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes. 

OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County09/17/21

On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown(30) of Garibaldi, was travelling westbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson’s Semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer (33) of Estacada. 

BROWN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. DANMYER was not injured. 

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

 OSP was assisted by Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 7-Baker County09/14/21

On Monday, September 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a KTM 950, operated by Lawrence Drake (78) of Ashland, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before crashing. 

Drake sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Baker Fire Department, Powder River Rural Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6-Washington County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Gene Carlson (66) of Oregon City, was towing a 17-foot boat eastbound on Hwy 6. For unknown reason the Ford drifted off the highway and lost control, striking a guardrail and rolling. 

Carlson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 6 was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Marion County09/13/21

On Friday, September 10, 2021 at approximately 12:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 264.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Prius, operated by Julie Lafayette (57) of Gervais, was northbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Infiniti, operated by Mohamed Mustafa (24) of Wilsonville. 

Lafayette sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Mustafa was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. 

Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Yamhill County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 49, east of McMinnville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Camry, operated by Jared Nissen (21) of Dayton, pulled out of a private driveway to head westbound and was struck in the driver side door by an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Michael Abeyta (22) of Hillsboro. 

Abeyta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nissen sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, Samantha Maddox (21) of Amity was uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 207-Morrow County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 12:16 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 207 near milepost 20C, south of Heppner. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Edmund LaPlante (70) of Oregon City, was southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

LaPlante sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Ambulance and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Clatsop County09/10/21

On Friday, September 10th, 2021 at about 8:20am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic passenger car, operated by Debra Livingston (67), of Astoria, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the westbound lane, and struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma, operated by Robert Tikkala (57), of Astoria. 

Livingston suffered significant injuries and was transported Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was pronounced deceased. Tikkala was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 30 was closed for 2 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Knappa Fire, Astoria Fire and ODOT. 

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is requesting Public Assistance with a Poaching case of a Spike Elk in Lincoln County (Photo)09/10/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of spike elk in the Logsden area in Lincoln County. 

On August 16, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased spike elk that had been shot with a firearm, gutted, and left to waste.  The initial investigation determined the animal had been shot sometime between August 12 and August 15.  The carcass was located on Fall Creek Road, northeast of the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Road, in a clear-cut area. 

This area is heavily traveled, and other hunters are believed to have been in the area during this time frame. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: T[email protected] reference case # SP21233495.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fire investigators seek information on human caused wildfires-Lake County09/10/21

Fire investigators in Lake County are seeking information on wildfire starts in the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Police (OSP), U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating wildfire causes, including the Cougar Peak Fire.

This fire season has seen an increase in human caused fire starts. To help with the investigations, the OSP has a phone line for area residents and visitors to call in with information that could help.

If you have information regarding a human-caused wildfire in Lake County, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and reference Trooper Mike Hansen and OSP Case Number SP21-257103.

Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County (Photo)09/08/21

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County09/07/21

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:40 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 338. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Hassen Ibrahim (38) of Dublin, OH, was westbound when a set of dual tires detached from the flatbed trailer in tow. The dual tires bounced across the center concrete barrier and became airborne to a great height. The tires came down into the windshield and cab of an eastbound blue Freightliner CMV, operated by James Green (50) of Caldwell, ID. 

Ibrahim stopped, chained up the broken axle and left the scene. He was located by Troopers near Baker City. 

Green sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Ibrahim was not injured. A passenger in Ibrahim’s CMV, Mohamed Kulale (61), was also uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntington Fire Rescue and ODOT. 

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

**Investigating Troopers are requesting assistance-Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed are requested to contact *OSP and reference SP21-256040. Additionally, witnesses reported a male in a white CMV stopped and spoke with Ibrahim. Troopers would like to identify this subject and obtain a statement. **

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lane County09/07/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 12:20 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 182.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge 1500 pickup, operated by Jessica Herselius (39) of Elmira, was northbound when it failed to yield for stopped traffic. A chain reaction crash occurred with the Dodge 1500 pickup rear-ending a Toyota Rav4, operated by Cynthia Bue (61) of Elmira. The Rav4 then struck the rear of a Mercedes Sprinter van, operated by Adam Woods (43) of Albany. The Mercedes Sprinter van struck a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Marcia Yoder (75) of Hubbard. 

Bue was transported via air ambulance to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend where she was pronounced deceased. Herselius was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center with injuries. Woods and Yoder were not injured. 

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance and Siuslaw Valley Fire District.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 38-Douglas County09/06/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 8:43 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near milepost 3. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Robyn Loonam (50) of Eugene, was eastbound when it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Joely Jimenez (32) of Bronx, NY. The Nissan Pathfinder had been the subject of a driving complaint several minutes prior to the crash.

Loonam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jimenez was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. A passenger in the Toyota 4-Runner, Levi Rodriguez (46) of  Redway, CA was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5- Lane County09/05/21

On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.

Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign.  The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland,  were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries.  They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance.  The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood,  was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County09/02/21

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Clackamas County08/27/21

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 282.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Rio, operated by William H. Kavanaugh (65) of Aurora stopped for unknown reasons in the lane of travel. A Lexus passenger car operated by Antonia Mejia Romero (32) of Woodburn, struck the stopped Kia Rio. The Kia Rio was then pushed into a Chevrolet Colorado operated by Gregorio Rubio Villafuerte (43) of Aurora. 

Kavanaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the ODOT. 

**UPDATE** Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/26/21

On August 13, 2021, The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and members of the Multnomah County Major Crime Team responded to Rooster Rock State Park to investigate human remains found at the park.  Investigators have identified the deceased as twenty-one year old Stephanie Celeste Jones of Portland.  Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Jones’s death.  If anyone the community has information related to this investigation, please call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

The Oregon State Police ready to provide Law Enforcement Services for the Oregon State Fair- Marion County08/26/21

It is fair time!

Did you know that the Oregon State Police provides law enforcement services for the Oregon State Fair during the 11-day event?

It is true. The Oregon State Police has a temporary command center at the fair, which includes a dispatch console. This command center gives OSP Troopers the ability to quickly facilitate remedies to a wide variety of incidents that can come up at the State Fair. The Oregon State Fair starts this Friday and runs through September 6, 2021.

An OSP Trooper will be stationed at each entrance greeting every visitor who comes to the fair. They also will be encouraging parents to utilize the “if lost” bracelets that the fair provides. Parents or guardians will be asked to write their cell phone number on the inside of a bright yellow “if lost” bracelet and place it on their child’s wrist. If the child is separated, Troopers can easily reunite the child by calling the cell phone. It is beneficial; to have a same-day photograph of your child should they become separated from adult supervision. A height display will be positioned at each pedestrian entrance, which provides the appropriate backdrop, if needed, for law enforcement. By taking these safety precautions, Troopers will have the needed information to quickly reunite families.

To ensure all fairgoers are safe, we ask attendees if they see something to say something. OSP Troopers are always looking for fair patrons to be vigilant with their surroundings. “We ask anyone who witnesses criminal or disruptive activities to quickly report those incidents by calling OSP at *OSP from a mobile or 503-375-3555,” encourages Lt. Zohner.

Hope to see you all at this year’s Oregon State Fair!

Reminder masks will be required to be worn by all guests ages 5 and up, exhibitors, employees, and volunteers while on the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in both indoor and outdoor locations.

Poached Buck near John Day

Poached Buck near John Day

Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance with John Day Poaching Case of Mule Deer Buck – Grant County (Photo)08/26/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of mule deer buck in John Day.  

On August 8, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased Mule Deer Buck within the city limits of John Day, in the vicinity of Canyon Creek and Canton Street, near Riverside Trailer Park.  Initial investigation revealed the buck had been shot with a firearm, on the night of August 7, or the early morning hours of August 8, 2021.    

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Trooper Pat McCosker through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Jackson County08/24/21

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Angela Chin-Hugh (59) of Kent, WA. was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound Kia Spectra operated by Cesar Beltran (25) of White City.

Chin-Hugh and Beltran sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and ODOT.  

John Burright

John Burright

Update: Procession Announced for the Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/23/21

An emergency vehicle procession in honor of Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10:20 a.m. The procession will be starting at the Linn County Fairgrounds, located at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E in Albany. Members of the public are not allowed to participate in the procession but are welcome to view the procession from sidewalks and overpasses along the route. 

The procession is expected to include a large number of public safety vehicles. The attached map is the exact route of the procession from the Linn County Fairgrounds past the Oregon State Police Albany Patrol Office, where Sgt. Burright spent most of his career. The procession then continues north on Interstate 5 to the Salem Armory for the memorial service.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for road closures, traffic congestion, and long delays along the route, especially on I-5 between Albany and Salem.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Members of the public attending the memorial service at the Salem Armory are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Public parking is available but limited (please refer to the attached map). 

All media outlets must notify OSP if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to film the actual memorial service inside the armory auditorium, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera. All media attending MUST be in place no later than 11:00 a.m. Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].  Further directions to the media will be emailed out to those outlets that have responded to OSP on August 24, 2021.

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com.  All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

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The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

OSP Requesting Assistance with Fatal Hit and run Crash-Jackson County

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OSP Requesting Assistance with Fatal Hit and run Crash-Jackson County09/20/21

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 9:53 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle vs bicyclist on Highway 99 near West Valley View Road in Talent. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a driver of a vehicle struck a bicycle, being ridden by Geoffry Sterling (44) of Ashland. The involved vehicle did not stay at the scene. 

Sterling sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound traffic on Highway 99 was closed for approximately 3 hours .

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the crash or any information regarding the suspect vehicle to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to Case #: SP21-268789.

OSP was assisted on scene by Jackson County Fire, Talent PD, Phoenix PD, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Umatilla County09/17/21

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.

Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland.  Ramirez Carrillo was not injured. 

All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes. 

OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County09/17/21

On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown(30) of Garibaldi, was travelling westbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson’s Semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer (33) of Estacada. 

BROWN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. DANMYER was not injured. 

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

 OSP was assisted by Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 7-Baker County09/14/21

On Monday, September 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a KTM 950, operated by Lawrence Drake (78) of Ashland, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before crashing. 

Drake sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Baker Fire Department, Powder River Rural Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6-Washington County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Gene Carlson (66) of Oregon City, was towing a 17-foot boat eastbound on Hwy 6. For unknown reason the Ford drifted off the highway and lost control, striking a guardrail and rolling. 

Carlson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 6 was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Marion County09/13/21

On Friday, September 10, 2021 at approximately 12:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 264.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Prius, operated by Julie Lafayette (57) of Gervais, was northbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Infiniti, operated by Mohamed Mustafa (24) of Wilsonville. 

Lafayette sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Mustafa was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. 

Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Yamhill County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 49, east of McMinnville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Camry, operated by Jared Nissen (21) of Dayton, pulled out of a private driveway to head westbound and was struck in the driver side door by an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Michael Abeyta (22) of Hillsboro. 

Abeyta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nissen sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, Samantha Maddox (21) of Amity was uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 207-Morrow County09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 12:16 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 207 near milepost 20C, south of Heppner. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Edmund LaPlante (70) of Oregon City, was southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

LaPlante sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Ambulance and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Clatsop County09/10/21

On Friday, September 10th, 2021 at about 8:20am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic passenger car, operated by Debra Livingston (67), of Astoria, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the westbound lane, and struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma, operated by Robert Tikkala (57), of Astoria. 

Livingston suffered significant injuries and was transported Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was pronounced deceased. Tikkala was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 30 was closed for 2 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Knappa Fire, Astoria Fire and ODOT. 

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is requesting Public Assistance with a Poaching case of a Spike Elk in Lincoln County (Photo)09/10/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of spike elk in the Logsden area in Lincoln County. 

On August 16, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased spike elk that had been shot with a firearm, gutted, and left to waste.  The initial investigation determined the animal had been shot sometime between August 12 and August 15.  The carcass was located on Fall Creek Road, northeast of the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Road, in a clear-cut area. 

This area is heavily traveled, and other hunters are believed to have been in the area during this time frame. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] reference case # SP21233495.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fire investigators seek information on human caused wildfires-Lake County09/10/21

Fire investigators in Lake County are seeking information on wildfire starts in the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Police (OSP), U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating wildfire causes, including the Cougar Peak Fire.

This fire season has seen an increase in human caused fire starts. To help with the investigations, the OSP has a phone line for area residents and visitors to call in with information that could help.

If you have information regarding a human-caused wildfire in Lake County, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and reference Trooper Mike Hansen and OSP Case Number SP21-257103.

Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County (Photo)09/08/21

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: [email protected] 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County09/07/21

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:40 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 338. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Hassen Ibrahim (38) of Dublin, OH, was westbound when a set of dual tires detached from the flatbed trailer in tow. The dual tires bounced across the center concrete barrier and became airborne to a great height. The tires came down into the windshield and cab of an eastbound blue Freightliner CMV, operated by James Green (50) of Caldwell, ID. 

Ibrahim stopped, chained up the broken axle and left the scene. He was located by Troopers near Baker City. 

Green sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Ibrahim was not injured. A passenger in Ibrahim’s CMV, Mohamed Kulale (61), was also uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntington Fire Rescue and ODOT. 

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

**Investigating Troopers are requesting assistance-Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed are requested to contact *OSP and reference SP21-256040. Additionally, witnesses reported a male in a white CMV stopped and spoke with Ibrahim. Troopers would like to identify this subject and obtain a statement. **

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lane County09/07/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 12:20 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 182.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge 1500 pickup, operated by Jessica Herselius (39) of Elmira, was northbound when it failed to yield for stopped traffic. A chain reaction crash occurred with the Dodge 1500 pickup rear-ending a Toyota Rav4, operated by Cynthia Bue (61) of Elmira. The Rav4 then struck the rear of a Mercedes Sprinter van, operated by Adam Woods (43) of Albany. The Mercedes Sprinter van struck a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Marcia Yoder (75) of Hubbard. 

Bue was transported via air ambulance to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend where she was pronounced deceased. Herselius was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center with injuries. Woods and Yoder were not injured. 

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance and Siuslaw Valley Fire District.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 38-Douglas County09/06/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 8:43 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near milepost 3. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Robyn Loonam (50) of Eugene, was eastbound when it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Joely Jimenez (32) of Bronx, NY. The Nissan Pathfinder had been the subject of a driving complaint several minutes prior to the crash.

Loonam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jimenez was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. A passenger in the Toyota 4-Runner, Levi Rodriguez (46) of  Redway, CA was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5- Lane County09/05/21

On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.

Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign.  The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland,  were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries.  They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance.  The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood,  was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County09/02/21

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Clackamas County08/27/21

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 282.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Rio, operated by William H. Kavanaugh (65) of Aurora stopped for unknown reasons in the lane of travel. A Lexus passenger car operated by Antonia Mejia Romero (32) of Woodburn, struck the stopped Kia Rio. The Kia Rio was then pushed into a Chevrolet Colorado operated by Gregorio Rubio Villafuerte (43) of Aurora. 

Kavanaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the ODOT. 

**UPDATE** Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/26/21

On August 13, 2021, The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and members of the Multnomah County Major Crime Team responded to Rooster Rock State Park to investigate human remains found at the park.  Investigators have identified the deceased as twenty-one year old Stephanie Celeste Jones of Portland.  Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Jones’s death.  If anyone the community has information related to this investigation, please call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

The Oregon State Police ready to provide Law Enforcement Services for the Oregon State Fair- Marion County08/26/21

It is fair time!

Did you know that the Oregon State Police provides law enforcement services for the Oregon State Fair during the 11-day event?

It is true. The Oregon State Police has a temporary command center at the fair, which includes a dispatch console. This command center gives OSP Troopers the ability to quickly facilitate remedies to a wide variety of incidents that can come up at the State Fair. The Oregon State Fair starts this Friday and runs through September 6, 2021.

An OSP Trooper will be stationed at each entrance greeting every visitor who comes to the fair. They also will be encouraging parents to utilize the “if lost” bracelets that the fair provides. Parents or guardians will be asked to write their cell phone number on the inside of a bright yellow “if lost” bracelet and place it on their child’s wrist. If the child is separated, Troopers can easily reunite the child by calling the cell phone. It is beneficial; to have a same-day photograph of your child should they become separated from adult supervision. A height display will be positioned at each pedestrian entrance, which provides the appropriate backdrop, if needed, for law enforcement. By taking these safety precautions, Troopers will have the needed information to quickly reunite families.

To ensure all fairgoers are safe, we ask attendees if they see something to say something. OSP Troopers are always looking for fair patrons to be vigilant with their surroundings. “We ask anyone who witnesses criminal or disruptive activities to quickly report those incidents by calling OSP at *OSP from a mobile or 503-375-3555,” encourages Lt. Zohner.

Hope to see you all at this year’s Oregon State Fair!

Reminder masks will be required to be worn by all guests ages 5 and up, exhibitors, employees, and volunteers while on the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in both indoor and outdoor locations.

Poached Buck near John Day

Poached Buck near John Day

Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance with John Day Poaching Case of Mule Deer Buck – Grant County (Photo)08/26/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of mule deer buck in John Day.  

On August 8, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased Mule Deer Buck within the city limits of John Day, in the vicinity of Canyon Creek and Canton Street, near Riverside Trailer Park.  Initial investigation revealed the buck had been shot with a firearm, on the night of August 7, or the early morning hours of August 8, 2021.    

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Trooper Pat McCosker through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Jackson County08/24/21

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Angela Chin-Hugh (59) of Kent, WA. was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound Kia Spectra operated by Cesar Beltran (25) of White City.

Chin-Hugh and Beltran sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and ODOT.  

John Burright

John Burright

Update: Procession Announced for the Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/23/21

An emergency vehicle procession in honor of Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10:20 a.m. The procession will be starting at the Linn County Fairgrounds, located at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E in Albany. Members of the public are not allowed to participate in the procession but are welcome to view the procession from sidewalks and overpasses along the route. 

The procession is expected to include a large number of public safety vehicles. The attached map is the exact route of the procession from the Linn County Fairgrounds past the Oregon State Police Albany Patrol Office, where Sgt. Burright spent most of his career. The procession then continues north on Interstate 5 to the Salem Armory for the memorial service.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for road closures, traffic congestion, and long delays along the route, especially on I-5 between Albany and Salem.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Members of the public attending the memorial service at the Salem Armory are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Public parking is available but limited (please refer to the attached map). 

All media outlets must notify OSP if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to film the actual memorial service inside the armory auditorium, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera. All media attending MUST be in place no later than 11:00 a.m. Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].  Further directions to the media will be emailed out to those outlets that have responded to OSP on August 24, 2021.

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com.  All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

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The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Hit and Run I-205 – Multnomah County (Photo)

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Hit & Run 3

Hit & Run 3

Hit and Run I-205 – Multnomah County (Photo)08/20/21

On August 19, 2021, at 4:55 P.M., OSP Dispatch started receiving calls that a green Chevrolet pickup was hitting vehicles as it drove southbound on I-205. The first crash appeared to have happened around milepost 19 within Multnomah County. The vehicle continued south hitting other vehicles until the driver stopped on I-205 on the southbound on-ramp from 10th Street in West Linn. Witnesses reported that the driver later identified as John Schlarb ((71) began vomiting.

The First Trooper arrived on the scene when the driver got back in his vehicle in an attempt to drive off. The Trooper gave commands to the driver to exit the vehicle and began pulling the driver from the car. The Driver resisted lawful orders to exit the vehicle. Other Troopers and two Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office arrived to assist. As the driver was pulled from the vehicle he went to the ground and actively resisted the Troopers. The vehicle started rolling as it was not in gear. An off-duty Clackamas County Deputy who stopped to assist the loan trooper held onto the vehicle and yelled as a Trooper applied the emergency brake on the vehicle. The suspect continued disobeying lawful orders but was eventually subdued and taken into custody. Currently, there are no reported injuries to Officers or victims. Witnesses stated that the suspect appeared to be intentionally swerving into vehicles.  As of 7:15 P.M. last night, there are nine reported victim vehicles. 

Due to the chaos of this event, not all victims or witnesses have been contacted. In the next couple of days, Troopers will be conducting follow-up on this investigation.  If you were involved in this event or witnessed this event, please report this to the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 800-442-0776 or *OSP from your mobile phone reference case # SP21236788.

The Driver was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for DUII, resisting arrest, interfering with a peace officer, hit & run property damage, reckless driving, reckless endangering another person, and criminal mischief 2

OSP was assisted by West Linn Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Communications, Bureau of Emergency Communications, and AMR for their assistance in this incident.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99 – Jackson County08/20/21

On Thursday, August 19, 2021 at approximately 6:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 99 and Elk Street.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Legacy, operated by Nicholas Dent (39) of Central Point, was southbound and turned left and collided with a northbound Buell motorcycle operated by Alexander Allen (44) of Grants Pass.

Allen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Dent was uninjured.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Fire District 3. 

Oregon State Police is Requesting Public’s Assistance with Device that Started Grass Fire – Wheeler County08/17/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 4:15 A.M., Mitchell Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, and Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office were called to a report of several grass fires along Hwy 26 near milepost 76, just east of Mitchell.  

The fires were on both private and public lands.  

Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office requested the investigation assistance of the Oregon State Police Arson Unit.  

Investigation determined a homemade explosive device was detonated in the center of the highway which caused multiple grass fires to start on both sides of the highway.  Due to light winds, low temperatures, and high humidity levels the fires remained small and were extinguished at about 1/10 of an acre total.  

This investigation is continuing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and leave information for Detective Feland case # SP21-215751

Fatal Crash on Hwy 22E – Marion County08/16/21

On Monday, August 16, 2021 at approximately 1:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near milepost 34. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Eric Meyers (39) of Idanha, was eastbound when it left the roadway, went over an embankment, and rolled.

Meyers and his passenger, Justin Hartwell (33) of Idanha, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Meyers and Hartwell had been reported missing when they did not return home on August 14, 2021.

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriffs Office, Gates Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County08/16/21

On Monday, August 16, 2021 at approximately 12:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 72.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Jeep Wrangler, operated by Carl Schibig (75) of Wapato, WA., was westbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  

Schibig sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Linn County08/15/21

On Sunday, August 15, 2021 at approximately 10:40 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel were responding to a wrong way driver when it became a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 212.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Shiloh Edsitty (29) of Albany, was southbound in the northbound lanes and collided with a Freightliner semi-truck operated by Phillip Paylor (55) of Grants Pass. 

Edsitty sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Paylor was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Halsey Shedd Fire Department and ODOT.

Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 95 – Malheur County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 11:45 A.M. (MST), Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 60.

Preliminary investigation revealed an International semi-truck pulling a loaded cargo trailer, operated by Eric Murwanashyaka (22) of Abilene, TX., was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Honda Odyssey van operated by Rebecca Haselmann (50) of Santa Clara, CA. 

Haselmann and passenger, Emma Nutter (18) of Santa Clara, CA., sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Murwanashyaka was transported to an Idaho hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Jordan Valley EMS and ODOT

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101- Lincoln County08/13/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 8:51 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 121.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Durango, operated by James Versteeg (46) of Gleneden Beach, was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Lewis Ford (41) of Lincoln City. 

Versteeg and Ford sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance and ODOT.

Union County Grow

Union County Grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)08/11/21

The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into illegal marijuana grow located at two separate properties in Union, Oregon. 

Investigators were able to develop probable cause the marijuana being grown, was in fact not licensed making it illegal. 

The Oregon State Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for the two properties identified during the investigation. The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office successfully served the search warrant(s) on the properties identified. During the service of the search warrant(s), investigators obtained evidence at the properties associated with the illegal manufacturing of marijuana. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The information is being sent to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. 

Here is some of what was found:

  • Total plant count 2,168
  • Evidence of manufacturing edibles
  • Processed marijuana
  • Bulk cash (4k)
  • 1 firearm seized

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)08/11/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the suspected unlawful take of sturgeon in Multnomah County.

On July 15, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife North Valley Team received a call about a suspicious circumstance involving a sturgeon along NE Marine Drive along the Columbia River in Portland. The Troopers received a photograph of a male and female standing along the shoulder of Marine Drive next to a large sturgeon. A Trooper responded immediately but the suspects and the sturgeon were gone. The Trooper spoke with several of the residents at nearby transient camps and showed them the photograph, but no one could positively ID the suspects. Troopers went back to the area several times and could not locate the suspects.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and reference case number SP21-198335. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) 
TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

John Burright

John Burright

Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Illegal grow

Illegal grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Oregon State Police is Requesting Public’s Assistance with Device that Started Grass Fire – Wheeler County

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Oregon State Police is Requesting Public’s Assistance with Device that Started Grass Fire – Wheeler County08/17/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 4:15 A.M., Mitchell Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, and Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office were called to a report of several grass fires along Hwy 26 near milepost 76, just east of Mitchell.  

The fires were on both private and public lands.  

Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office requested the investigation assistance of the Oregon State Police Arson Unit.  

Investigation determined a homemade explosive device was detonated in the center of the highway which caused multiple grass fires to start on both sides of the highway.  Due to light winds, low temperatures, and high humidity levels the fires remained small and were extinguished at about 1/10 of an acre total.  

This investigation is continuing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and leave information for Detective Feland case # SP21-215751

Fatal Crash on Hwy 22E – Marion County08/16/21

On Monday, August 16, 2021 at approximately 1:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near milepost 34. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Eric Meyers (39) of Idanha, was eastbound when it left the roadway, went over an embankment, and rolled.

Meyers and his passenger, Justin Hartwell (33) of Idanha, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Meyers and Hartwell had been reported missing when they did not return home on August 14, 2021.

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriffs Office, Gates Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County08/16/21

On Monday, August 16, 2021 at approximately 12:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 72.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Jeep Wrangler, operated by Carl Schibig (75) of Wapato, WA., was westbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  

Schibig sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Linn County08/15/21

On Sunday, August 15, 2021 at approximately 10:40 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel were responding to a wrong way driver when it became a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 212.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Shiloh Edsitty (29) of Albany, was southbound in the northbound lanes and collided with a Freightliner semi-truck operated by Phillip Paylor (55) of Grants Pass. 

Edsitty sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Paylor was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Halsey Shedd Fire Department and ODOT.

Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 95 – Malheur County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 11:45 A.M. (MST), Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 60.

Preliminary investigation revealed an International semi-truck pulling a loaded cargo trailer, operated by Eric Murwanashyaka (22) of Abilene, TX., was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Honda Odyssey van operated by Rebecca Haselmann (50) of Santa Clara, CA. 

Haselmann and passenger, Emma Nutter (18) of Santa Clara, CA., sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Murwanashyaka was transported to an Idaho hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Jordan Valley EMS and ODOT

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101- Lincoln County08/13/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 8:51 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 121.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Durango, operated by James Versteeg (46) of Gleneden Beach, was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Lewis Ford (41) of Lincoln City. 

Versteeg and Ford sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance and ODOT.

Union County Grow

Union County Grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)08/11/21

The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into illegal marijuana grow located at two separate properties in Union, Oregon. 

Investigators were able to develop probable cause the marijuana being grown, was in fact not licensed making it illegal. 

The Oregon State Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for the two properties identified during the investigation. The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office successfully served the search warrant(s) on the properties identified. During the service of the search warrant(s), investigators obtained evidence at the properties associated with the illegal manufacturing of marijuana. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The information is being sent to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. 

Here is some of what was found:

  • Total plant count 2,168
  • Evidence of manufacturing edibles
  • Processed marijuana
  • Bulk cash (4k)
  • 1 firearm seized

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)08/11/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the suspected unlawful take of sturgeon in Multnomah County.

On July 15, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife North Valley Team received a call about a suspicious circumstance involving a sturgeon along NE Marine Drive along the Columbia River in Portland. The Troopers received a photograph of a male and female standing along the shoulder of Marine Drive next to a large sturgeon. A Trooper responded immediately but the suspects and the sturgeon were gone. The Trooper spoke with several of the residents at nearby transient camps and showed them the photograph, but no one could positively ID the suspects. Troopers went back to the area several times and could not locate the suspects.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and reference case number SP21-198335. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) 
TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

John Burright

John Burright

Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Illegal grow

Illegal grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County

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Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park – Multnomah County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 95 – Malheur County08/14/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 11:45 A.M. (MST), Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 60.

Preliminary investigation revealed an International semi-truck pulling a loaded cargo trailer, operated by Eric Murwanashyaka (22) of Abilene, TX., was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Honda Odyssey van operated by Rebecca Haselmann (50) of Santa Clara, CA. 

Haselmann and passenger, Emma Nutter (18) of Santa Clara, CA., sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Murwanashyaka was transported to an Idaho hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Jordan Valley EMS and ODOT

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101- Lincoln County08/13/21

On Friday, August 13, 2021 at approximately 8:51 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 121.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Durango, operated by James Versteeg (46) of Gleneden Beach, was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Lewis Ford (41) of Lincoln City. 

Versteeg and Ford sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance and ODOT.

Union County Grow

Union County Grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)08/11/21

The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into illegal marijuana grow located at two separate properties in Union, Oregon. 

Investigators were able to develop probable cause the marijuana being grown, was in fact not licensed making it illegal. 

The Oregon State Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for the two properties identified during the investigation. The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office successfully served the search warrant(s) on the properties identified. During the service of the search warrant(s), investigators obtained evidence at the properties associated with the illegal manufacturing of marijuana. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The information is being sent to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. 

Here is some of what was found:

  • Total plant count 2,168
  • Evidence of manufacturing edibles
  • Processed marijuana
  • Bulk cash (4k)
  • 1 firearm seized

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)08/11/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the suspected unlawful take of sturgeon in Multnomah County.

On July 15, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife North Valley Team received a call about a suspicious circumstance involving a sturgeon along NE Marine Drive along the Columbia River in Portland. The Troopers received a photograph of a male and female standing along the shoulder of Marine Drive next to a large sturgeon. A Trooper responded immediately but the suspects and the sturgeon were gone. The Trooper spoke with several of the residents at nearby transient camps and showed them the photograph, but no one could positively ID the suspects. Troopers went back to the area several times and could not locate the suspects.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and reference case number SP21-198335. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) 
TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

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John Burright

Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

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OSP Trooper discovers methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside a vehicle-Deschutes County07/16/21

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 9:30 P.M., a Trooper from the Bend Area Command stopped a 2006 Saturn for failure to drive within its lane of travel on southbound U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 128.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 1.1 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Yurida Barrera Alonso (38) from McFarland, California and the passenger was identified as Ernesto Adolfo Linares Gomes (33) from Bakersfield, California.  Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)

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Union County Grow

Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)08/11/21

The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into illegal marijuana grow located at two separate properties in Union, Oregon. 

Investigators were able to develop probable cause the marijuana being grown, was in fact not licensed making it illegal. 

The Oregon State Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for the two properties identified during the investigation. The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office successfully served the search warrant(s) on the properties identified. During the service of the search warrant(s), investigators obtained evidence at the properties associated with the illegal manufacturing of marijuana. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The information is being sent to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. 

Here is some of what was found:

  • Total plant count 2,168
  • Evidence of manufacturing edibles
  • Processed marijuana
  • Bulk cash (4k)
  • 1 firearm seized

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)08/11/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the suspected unlawful take of sturgeon in Multnomah County.

On July 15, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife North Valley Team received a call about a suspicious circumstance involving a sturgeon along NE Marine Drive along the Columbia River in Portland. The Troopers received a photograph of a male and female standing along the shoulder of Marine Drive next to a large sturgeon. A Trooper responded immediately but the suspects and the sturgeon were gone. The Trooper spoke with several of the residents at nearby transient camps and showed them the photograph, but no one could positively ID the suspects. Troopers went back to the area several times and could not locate the suspects.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and reference case number SP21-198335. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) 
TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

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John Burright

Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

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OSP Trooper discovers methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside a vehicle-Deschutes County07/16/21

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 9:30 P.M., a Trooper from the Bend Area Command stopped a 2006 Saturn for failure to drive within its lane of travel on southbound U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 128.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 1.1 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Yurida Barrera Alonso (38) from McFarland, California and the passenger was identified as Ernesto Adolfo Linares Gomes (33) from Bakersfield, California.  Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 – Umatilla County07/13/21

On Monday, July 12, 2021 at approximately 7:31 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 84 near milepost 187.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Lincoln MKX, operated by Michael Wilson (65) of Vancouver, WA. was westbound when it drove onto the shoulder and struck the back of a parked semi-truck with trailer.

Wilson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased..

The occupants of the semi-truck were not injured.

Oregon State Police were assisted  by the Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriffs Office, ODOT and Umatilla County Fire District #1.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Union County (Photo)08/11/21

The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into illegal marijuana grow located at two separate properties in Union, Oregon. 

Investigators were able to develop probable cause the marijuana being grown, was in fact not licensed making it illegal. 

The Oregon State Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for the two properties identified during the investigation. The Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office successfully served the search warrant(s) on the properties identified. During the service of the search warrant(s), investigators obtained evidence at the properties associated with the illegal manufacturing of marijuana. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The information is being sent to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. 

Here is some of what was found:

  • Total plant count 2,168
  • Evidence of manufacturing edibles
  • Processed marijuana
  • Bulk cash (4k)
  • 1 firearm seized

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Sturgeon

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in possible sturgeon poaching case- Multnomah County (Photo)08/11/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the suspected unlawful take of sturgeon in Multnomah County.

On July 15, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife North Valley Team received a call about a suspicious circumstance involving a sturgeon along NE Marine Drive along the Columbia River in Portland. The Troopers received a photograph of a male and female standing along the shoulder of Marine Drive next to a large sturgeon. A Trooper responded immediately but the suspects and the sturgeon were gone. The Trooper spoke with several of the residents at nearby transient camps and showed them the photograph, but no one could positively ID the suspects. Troopers went back to the area several times and could not locate the suspects.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and reference case number SP21-198335. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) 
TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

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Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

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OSP Trooper discovers methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside a vehicle-Deschutes County07/16/21

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 9:30 P.M., a Trooper from the Bend Area Command stopped a 2006 Saturn for failure to drive within its lane of travel on southbound U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 128.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 1.1 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Yurida Barrera Alonso (38) from McFarland, California and the passenger was identified as Ernesto Adolfo Linares Gomes (33) from Bakersfield, California.  Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 – Umatilla County07/13/21

On Monday, July 12, 2021 at approximately 7:31 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 84 near milepost 187.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Lincoln MKX, operated by Michael Wilson (65) of Vancouver, WA. was westbound when it drove onto the shoulder and struck the back of a parked semi-truck with trailer.

Wilson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased..

The occupants of the semi-truck were not injured.

Oregon State Police were assisted  by the Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriffs Office, ODOT and Umatilla County Fire District #1.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

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Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

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OSP Trooper discovers methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside a vehicle-Deschutes County07/16/21

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 9:30 P.M., a Trooper from the Bend Area Command stopped a 2006 Saturn for failure to drive within its lane of travel on southbound U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 128.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 1.1 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Yurida Barrera Alonso (38) from McFarland, California and the passenger was identified as Ernesto Adolfo Linares Gomes (33) from Bakersfield, California.  Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 – Umatilla County07/13/21

On Monday, July 12, 2021 at approximately 7:31 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 84 near milepost 187.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Lincoln MKX, operated by Michael Wilson (65) of Vancouver, WA. was westbound when it drove onto the shoulder and struck the back of a parked semi-truck with trailer.

Wilson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased..

The occupants of the semi-truck were not injured.

Oregon State Police were assisted  by the Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriffs Office, ODOT and Umatilla County Fire District #1.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

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